She Cranes Confirmed For 2023 Netball World Cup

Uganda’s National Netball team, the She Cranes, have officially qualified for the 2023 Netball World Cup next year in South Africa.

This is after the release of the new INF World Netball rankings that have seen Uganda remain static in sixth.

The top five teams, excluding hosts South Africa, qualify for the World Cup.

South Africa are ranked fifth, so sixth-placed Uganda goes as the number five team after Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and England who occupy the top four places in that order.

Uganda celebrate victory in Netball – Classification 5-6 match against South Africa at 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s strong to note that Uganda beat South Africa at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to finish fifth.

This will be the fourth time Uganda are appearing at the World Cup – They made their debut in the 1979 World Cup in Trinidad before back-to-back appearances in 2015 Australia and 2019 England.

Sixteen (16) teams will be competing for the World Cup in South Africa.

Besides the named top Six, the remaining teams will be decided by the regional qualifiers taking place in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas, with the top two teams from each event being invited by World Netball to the World Cup.

Tonga and Fiji already qualified through the Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers.

So, the remaining eight slots will be filled up from qualifiers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The World Cup Tournament Qualifiers for Africa will be held in South Africa from the 21st – 27th August this year.

Uganda Netball Federation President Sarah Babirye Kityo earlier on hinted that Uganda may not take part in the Qualifiers as they have not received funds from the Government.

She Cranes might have now qualified, but will want to use the tournament to further fine-tune for the World Cup next year in the same country.

The Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 28th July to the 6th August 2023.

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